Spice up your life with the adventure of a lifetime through Southern India’s Kerala province. Discover tigers prowling in the Cardamom Hills, vast red and orange sunsets over Kerala’s spice capital Cochin, timeless scenes cruising Asia’s biggest lake, white sandy beaches, Ayurvedic massages, the buzz of Bollywood and Bombay - the outdoor curry capital of the world.
YOUR HOLIDAY ITINERARY
DAY 1. Join the overnight flight to Bombay (Mumbai).
DAY 2. Upon arrival we will transfer to Bombay’s domestic airport for the connecting flight to Cochin (Kochi) from where we’ll transfer you to your well located hotel for an overnight stay.
DAY 3. This morning you’ll enjoy a city tour of Cochin and in the evening you’ll enjoy a romantic sunset cruise around Cochin Harbour.
DAY 4. After breakfast, we begin the aweinspiring drive to Munnar. An included visit to a Tea Museum will strengthen tea lovers’ affection for this uplifting leaf.
DAY 5. This morning we drive to Thekaddy (Periyar). In the afternoon you’ll enjoy a safari cruise through the Periyar Wildlife Santuary, where you can view elephants, sambar, wild monkeys, wild dogs, Indian bison, leopards and sloth bears drinking by the water’s edge, otters diving for shellfish and perhaps a sighting of an elusive tiger. This evening, we visit one of Thekaddy’s timeless villages or a spice market.
DAY 6. Today we drive to the enchanting resort of Kumarakom in Kerala’s Backwater region where life has gone unchanged for centuries. In the afternoon we visit stunning Lake Vembanad, one of Asia’s largest freshwater lakes. In the evening, watch the fishing boats drift by from your cottage’s own private verandah.
DAY 7. This morning we board a comfortable, modified houseboat for the overnight Backwater Cruise to Alleppey, drifting past wading elephants and water buffalo, rural villages, temples and churches. Magnificent sunsets complete one of the most romantic and relaxing cruises to be found on earth.
DAY 8. On arrival in Alleppey, we disembark the houseboat and drive to Kovalam, a tropical paradise situated in a sheltered natural bay and famous for its azure waters, idyllic palm groves and three crescent-shaped sandy beaches. In the afternoon you’ll visit the Trivandrum Napier Museum and the Kuthiramalika Palace Museum. We will then continue on to your hotel
DAY 9. A day to relax on one of Kovalam’s stunning beaches, or to join an optional excursion to Kanyakumari.
DAY 10. A morning transfer to Trivandrum Airport for the flight to Bombay (Mumbai), home of Bollywood, tandoori prawn kebabs and much
more besides. On the afternoon city tour you’ll encounter many attractions including the Gateway of India, the exquisite Jain
Temple and the marvellous Raj-era Victoria Station.
DAY 11. This morning we must bid farewell and transfer to Bombay’s Chattrapathi Shivaji International Airport in time for the flight to the UK.
Return scheduled flights to Mumbai
Nine nights’ hotel accommodation staying in Cochin, Munnar, Periyar, Kumarakom, Kovalam & Mumbai and one night aboard a houseboat
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